Get ready for another morning radio talk program.
The Washington Times is behind a Monday through Friday three-hour radio show, “America’s Morning News,” that debuts nationally June 15, notes Grumpy Editor.
Melanie Morgan, morning radio host for 14 years at San Francisco’s KSFO and columnist John McCaslin, reporter and editor at the The Washington Times for 25 years, will anchor the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. (Eastern) program with personality and opinion.
The focus will be on politics, defense, security, policy, culture and entertainment.
The program will originate from a newly-built, state-of-the-art studio inside the Washington Times newsroom.
In other Grumpy Editor end-of-week leftover notes:
Well, it still is abbreviated GM. With General Motors Corp. likely to enter bankruptcy court on Monday --- leading to Uncle Sam and taxpayers owning 72.5 percent of the Detroit-based company --- more people are labeling the weakened auto giant “Government Motors.”
Tough vintage word for copy editors. Winning the 82nd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., Kavya Shivashankar, 13, from Olathe, Kan., rattles off the letters to “laodicean,” taking home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes plus a champion’s trophy. The seldom-used word, meaning lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics, probably would send most copy editors to dictionaries. The word’s origin, from Laodicea, Syria, goes back to 1564.
NBC viewers slip. NBC television viewership dips last week, averaging 4.4 million prime-time viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. It's the smallest number in a week outside of the summer doldrums of June through early September.
AP gathering trims program, fee. Reflecting tough times in a down economy, the Associated Press Managing Editors annual conference in October will be a day shorter than past gatherings while the registration fee is cut almost in half. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch will be host newspaper. APME has held annual sessions since 1933, cancelling only three times --- and those were during World War II.
Sports channel cuts staff. ESPN, which bills itself the worldwide leader in sports, notifies about 100 Connecticut employees they will be losing their jobs. The sports channel, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co., employs about 5,400 people worldwide, including around 3,400 at its Bristol, Conn. campus.